The Daily Grind: Would you pay a sub for complete access to all cosmetics in an MMO?

    
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Last month on the MOP Podcast, we tackled a question from a reader named Aaron who was musing on whether modern MMOs could learn anything about monetization from the City of Heroes’ revival. The observation was that because the current rogue servers for City of Heroes are fan projects funded by donations, they’ve thrown open the doors on customization. The game’s maintainers have no incentive to design for lockboxes or gate cosmetic content, unlike Paragon, and so gamers have gone wild designing the characters of their dreams rather than worrying about whether they’ll be nickel-and-dimed for a new pair of gloves or a sparkle aura.

And that’s an experience that seems uniquely suited to old-school subscriptions, right? Here’s Aaron’s question: “Do you think it might be a viable business model to use a subscription model, such that if you have a current subscription, all costume and character creator options are unlocked for you (including whatever new content comes out), and if you do not have a subscription, you have a very basic palette of character choices and models?”

In 2019, would you pay a subscription purely for full and future access to all cosmetics in a an MMO?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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mpandu.nky

Ah please make cosmetics permanent. I hate paying for 7-days access to a costume and having to pay extra to extend it.

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Brazen Bondar

I don’t have any problems with subs and I do pay them for games whose content I enjoy. I would not pay a sub for just cosmetics, after all, not all cosmetics would be something every player would want. Anyone remember those Nancy Reagan-esque dresses the original costume designers for TSW made?! It was like a weird cross between Nancy Reagan and a porn queen….. I do think it would be great if in a subbed game when you purchased something from the shop the item would unlock account wide. Hate that aspect of SWTOR.

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rafael12104

Hmm. A sub just for cosmetics? Nah. It can be part of a broader MMO sub, sure. But by itself, it wouldn’t get me to play any game.

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Vaeris

First people complained about paying subs for the whole game. Now we’re asking if they would pay a sub for just a portion of a game?

Is that what I’m reading?

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Akagi

I would pay a sub so that I don’t have to see everyone else’s cosmetics…

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Dug From The Earth

I think those should be unlocked via gameplay (not ridiculous grind though). Think older games where cosmetics were reasonable rewards for things. Beating a story arch, beating a hard dungeon boss, etc. NON-grind.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

I would not pay a sub for cosmetics or a fully featured character creator alone. When I have subbed for MMOs, its because I enjoy the game as a whole. When I have un-subbed, it’s because I stopped enjoying the experience – and never because of cosmetic items.

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Fervor Bliss

Hate the “your not playing enough stop paying the sub” debate in my head over and over. So I try to avoid sub games altogether. F2P subs work for me, let me come and go as I please.

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Fervor Bliss

Having a big debate on the next Xbox and the Xbox sub, if I want to get involved in that. Have not owned a console in for 10 years maybe. It was a 360.

Any thoughts on the xbox sub?

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Sray

You can get just the PC version by itself, which is cheaper than the “ultimate” version.

However, the present selection of games isn’t great. Honestly, the Origin Access Premier subscription is probably a better value, in terms of game selection and variety, than the Xbox Game Pass for Windows sub at the moment. Or you could wait until September and check out the Uplay+ service, which also seems to have a better selection of PC games than the Xbox Games Pass. While either one of the EA or Ubisoft services do cost more, they also offer more AAA games while the Xbox pass for Windows is mostly loaded up with moderately popular indie titles, about half of which have probably been given away for free already either by Twitch Prime or the Epic Game Store (or both).

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Witches

I’d rather pay the price of a sub to unlock a set of cosmetics forever, that way when the devs decide that shoulder pads are the new black i can ignore that and wait for decent stuff.

It’s not just cosmetics, no tank will have laser beam eyes, so the Superman archetype can’t exist in superhero games, in SWTOR you can’t be Clone Wars Anakin because the Togruta companion is only for darkside saberstaff/doublebladed saber users.

Anything that steps outside the “spank thing with lots of hit points / knockbacks / one shot aoe ability” comfort zone devs live in, is too much to ask right now.

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NeoWolf

If it is an MMO I want to play I would ALWAYS prefer to pay a sub over not anyway as I prefer how sub games and the sub business model works compared to F2p and hybrid.

Open access to all cosmetics wouldn’t really sway my sub decision one way or the other.